Mind & Body

Feeling Overwhelmed? Read This!

For all the joy the holidays bring, they can pack on a lot of guilt, self-doubt, and stress, too. Why? “The holidays present a firm deadline, and, despite our best efforts, many of us can’t seem to get everything done,” says B. Janet Hibbs, Ph.D., a family psychologist and author of Try To See It My Way. “In addition, we attach unrealistic...

Stressed? Get Calm in Seconds with These Breathing Tricks

Have you ever noticed how high-stress situations at work activate your fight or flight response? To prepare for combat or run from a threat, you take rapid shallow breaths and your body releases the hormone cortisol, telling the liver to stimulate glucose production and send sugar into the blood. That oxygen hit and sugar increase provides an...

Feeling Stressed? Breathing Can Help You Keep Your Cool

How to practice equal breathing to reduce stress

For many, stress is a daily part of life. You may not be able to cut out the source of the stress, but you can work on controlling it by learning how to calm down in tense situations. One of the simplest ways to do that happens to be something you’re doing right now: breathing. Breathing exercises, like equal breathing, have been credited...

How Stress Affects the Heart & How You Can Reverse It

Have you ever wondered about the effects stress can have on the body and everyday life? Stress can dramatically impact heart health and cognitive function, including making healthy life choices, says Catherine Calarco, chief marketing officer of HeartMath. “Science shows that connecting the heart and mind increases performance, and the...